The Grand Babylon Hotel : Racksole and Daughter, Paperback

The Grand Babylon Hotel : Racksole and Daughter Paperback

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 248 pages
  • Publisher: House of Stratus
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic crime
  • ISBN: 9780755115921



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A genuine Edwardian romp! The Grand Babylon Hotel is situated on London's Embankment and is generally agreed to be the finest, most luxurious hotel in Europe. It regularly accommodates a wide selection of the crowned heads of Europe and as the story opens it is about to host the Princes Aribert and Eugen from the East European principality of Posen. However, among the other guests are American multi-millionaire Theodore Racksole qnd his daughter Helen, generally known as Nella. Having been disappointed over his desire for a sirloin steak, in a fit of pique Racksole insists on seeing the hotel's proprietor, Mr Babylon, and ends up buying the hotel itself.A string of incidents ensues, culminating in the abduction of Prince Eugen, following which the action relocates to Ostend.The pace never flags but the plot retains its integrity. The characters may be slightly exaggerated, and less immediately likable than the cast of Bennett's later novels set in the Five Towns, but they all remain plauisble, and retain the reader's attention. A very enjoyable read!